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USS KALK (DD-170)


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CLASS - WICKES (LITTLE)
Built to a different set of plans (Bethlehem) than the Wickes (Bath) the Little versions were
considered less successful than the Bath designed ships, with few remaining in service past 1936.
Displacement 1,154 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 1pdr AA (1 x 3"/23AA In Some Ships), 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 24,200 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 103.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Fore River, Quincy on August 17 1918.
Launched December 21 1918 and commissioned March 29 1919.
Decommissioned July 10 1922, Recommissioned June 17 1940.
Decommissioned September 23 1940.
To Britain September 23 1940, renamed HMS Hamilton (I24).
Stricken January 8 1941.
Fate Sold to Boston Iron & Metal, Baltimore and broken up for scrap in 1945.

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Kalk 62kStanton Frederick Kalk was born in Alabama on 14 October 1894. He received his higher education at the U.S. Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1916. Service in the battleship Florida followed. In September 1917 he was assigned to the destroyer Jacob Jones, which was then performing convoy escort duties as part of the Anglo-American effort to control the serious threat of German U-boats. On 6 December 1917, Kalk was officer-of-the-deck when his ship was torpedoed by the submarine U-53. After Jacob Jones sank, he exhibited "extraordinary heroism" while helping move survivors among life rafts in an effort to equalize their loads. As a result of his exertions in the chilly water of the North Atlantic, Lt(JG) Kalk died from exhaustion and exposure. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Photo #: NH 48684. Midshipman Stanton F. Kalk, USN (1894-1917) photographed circa 1916, the year he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. USS Kalk (Destroyer # 170) was named in his honor. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Kalk 48kPhoto #: NH 70867 USS Kalk (DD-170) tied to mooring bouys, circa 1919-1922. Courtesy of "Our Navy" magazine, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.USN
Kalk 80kUSS Kalk (DD-170) Alongside a pier, circa 1919-1922. Courtesy of Jack L. Howland, 1983. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
On British Service
HMCS Hamilton (ex-USS Kalk, DD-170), Hamilton had a somewhat chequered start to her career; manned by the RN, she collided with HMS Georgetown at St John's, NF, on 4 October 1940 and had to return to Halifax, NS, for repair. Haste in undocking her on 25 October 1940 caused further serious damage so that she was paid off and her crew usewd to man other ships of the class. On completion of repair, it was decided to transfer her to the RCN, but she retained her Britsh name. Hamilton was employed entirely on the Eastern seaboard, commencing on 12 July 1941; with increasing repair problems she was retired from active service in August 1943, and thereafter employed in the bay of Fundy area as a training ship, starting in December 1943, until the end of the war. Finally paid off on 8 June 1945, Hamilton was sold to Frankie Bros. acting as agents for Boston Iron & Metal Co. Together with St Francis she left SDydney, NS, in tow of Foundation Security for Boston and the breakers yard. At this point records become unclear, the tow was in collision with Winding Gulf and parted, one of the two hulks was taken in tow by USCGC Hornbeam and beached as a total loss on 14 July 1945. It is believed that this was, in fact, St Francis, but atv least one RCN report indicates Hamilton while admitting the lack of firm evidence. In any event, one flush deck wreck lies off Sakonnet Point, Rhode Island. (History thanks to Robert Hurst.)
Kalk 46kThe 'Town' class - Group 4 destroyer HMCS Hamilton (ex- USS Kalk) underway sometime in 1943, location unknown, RCN Official photo.Robert Hurst
Kalk 64kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Kalk 78kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst

USS KALK DD-170 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR N. R. Van der Veer    Mar 29 1919 - ?
(Decommissioned Jul 10 1922 - Jun 17 1940)
LT T. P. Elliott    Jun 17 1940 - ?

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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